Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida
Ft, Lauderdale Beach was immortalized back in the 1960's as a great Spring Break vacation spot. In the 40+ years since, this area has gone from being just for college kids to a place for people of all ages. The beach has "grown up" and become a year 'round destination.
This is a beach where you can see and be seen, rent a sea kayak, go parasailing, stroll down the "walk" and oh yeah -- sunbathe and swim! In other words, there is lots to do around here, and plenty of places to stay.
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Ft. Lauderdale Vacation Overview
I mentioned that this beach destination was originally a college break hot spot. Well, you can still find "breakers" here in February (be aware), but there is plenty to do all year.
The weather (as you will read later) is beach-worthy almost all year. The Gulf Stream isn't too far offshore, and the waters stay pretty warm. The hotels are plentiful, and the sand and sea quite inviting.
Whether you like playing in the water, sunning onshore or participating in beach activities, you're likely to find what you want here. The only beach category I would not use is "quiet!". ;)
Places to Stay
Yep, there are plenty of places to stay that are either right on the beach or a short distance away. As you can see from the photo, you'll find the vast majority are high-rises.
You can find your typical hotel resort, or perhaps you could stay in a time-share condo and have a little more room to spread out.
One nice thing about the hotels here are that they tend to have a lot of amenities. The thing you have to watch out for, though, is how many people will fit in that hotel -- the bigger the hotel, the more people on the beach. (Which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences.)
Beachy Things To Do
The beach is obviously the main reason for a Ft. Lauderdale Beach vacation. As you saw me reference previously, you have a multitude of choices when you get here.
Sea kayaking is popular. The waters are clear most of the time and the surf is light -- which makes for great paddling. You can rent them right on the beach!
Snorkeling is also quite popular. Although you won't find any reefs around (you'll need to venture down to the Florida Keys for that), you will find fish, shells and of course -- other people in the water. The visibility of the water makes it great for a lazy swim, to see what you can see. (By extension, diving is popular as well.)
Beach volleyball anyone? Plenty of nets and courts are around.
Swimming is wonderful, as the seas are light and the waters clear and warm. While we occasionally get heavy surf (or what passes for heavy surf around here), you won't find it prime surfing. Instead, swimming and playing in the water is the order of the day.
Parasailing is an option. If you're staying at one of the local hotels, they probably have brochures available on the businesses offering these flights of fancy.
And don't forget fishing! Although the beach fishing is generally only a daybreak option (too many people around otherwise), there are also charter boats to take you out into the deep blue for offshore fishing.
If you're into shopping, Las Olas Boulevard is nearby -- it's one of those places that if you're here, you need to stroll it once!
Ft. Lauderdale Weather
Now the average temperatures are in the 80s for the highs, and lows in the 70's. That's pretty much true all year...if you're staying on the beach. If you're venturing inland in the summer, expect temperatures in the 90s, and rain it a possibility on any given day.
Winters are cooler -- upper 70s and low 80s are where the high temps range, with nights in the 60s (possibly 50s if we get a particularly chilly cold front passing through). All of these temperatures are Fahrenheit, by the way.
In any case, the weather tends to be glorious for outdoor activities almost all year. In the summer, though, do remember to keep well-hydrated by drinking lots of liquids.
Getting Here for Your Vacation
If you are flying in from out-of-state, you're most likely flying into Ft. Lauderdale International airport. If you're coming up south from Miami or down from points north, you're likely taking I-95.
From the southwest coast of Florida, I-75 is the fastest way from there to here.
Orlando? You'll probably want to head on down using the Florida Turnpike,
Once you're here, you'll be heading for a vacation that you'll never forget!.
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